Bachelor in Mathematics, Rhetoric and Public Address magna cum laude, Moorhead State University, 1977. Master of Arts in Speech Communications, Pennsylvania State University, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy in Communications Arts, University Wisconsin, 1984.
Teaching assistant department speech communications Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1977-1980. Teaching assistant, teaching fellow University Wisconsin, Madison, 1980-1984. Assistant professor department communications University Pittsburgh, 1984-1990, associate professor, since 1990.
Visiting assistant professor department rhetoric and communications University California, Davis, 1988.
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Member Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma.